Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Story of the Wardrobe

It is interesting today to see the new homes being built with the large walk-in robes, some of which are the size of a bedroom ready for the many rows of clothes and shoes! 

A very different comparison to times past!

My Grandmother Myrtle Doris Weeks married her childhood sweetheart William George Busby 11 September 1939.

World War Two interfered with the establishment of their married life and Grandma stayed living with her mother after her marriage while her husband went off to war.

She worked hard to get things together so they could start their married life together when the War allowed.

Grandma looked for furniture,  put an item on lay-by making small regular payments from the marriage allotment paid to her by the Army until the item was paid for and she could bring it home.

Over the time of the war she gradually built her "glory house" rather than just the glory chest you often hear of young girls assembling in previous times. The furniture was stored in her room at her Mother's home (made it somewhat crowded but worth it she said to be ready for her home when the time came!)

The lay-bys were done through the furniture store, Tritton. Another store that is sadly no longer with us.


Tritton Letterhead 1941

She completed the payments for this wardrobe in 1942. It is not a large wardrobe  three feet wide, 14 inches deep, a total six feet high with a drawer underneath and the hanging section 52 inches high with one central mirrored door.

After her death in 2001 on clearing her home there were three wardrobes in the home. Two in her room, one of which still had Grand-dad's clothes in it and one for her clothes. The third wardrobe a much smaller one had belonged to my Mother.

You have to wonder whether the large walk-in robes with all bells and whistles make the modern person as happy as Grandma  was when she was getting ready, setting up for her home after the war.


The wardrobe has now gone to a new home, being used to store clothes for a 18 month old child. I believe Grandma would be pleased.




Sunday, 20 October 2013

One Year Today!

It has been one year since my dear Mother passed on away from the pain of pancreatic cancer. While I would never have wished a continuation of the pain I miss her every day.
Violet seven months

Violet in the laundry basket 1940






















Aged 5
Aged 19 at James St with one of the cats


Violet aged 8 at Lone Pine





Violet on her wedding day March 1961

Violet first child 1962

Rocklea Sunnybank Chapter a joy in my Mother's life

Achieving a dream: a trip to the Holy Land

Becoming a Salvation Army Soldier
Two loves in one Car racing (by a non-driver!) and jigsaws



I hope you have enjoyed meeting my Mother and some moments in her life. Sadly missed.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

114 days to get ready for the Research Help Zone on the 4th Unlock the Past Cruise

There are 114 days from today, October 13, before we leave aboard the Voyager of the Seas for the 4th Unlock the Past cruise.


Are you ready?


No, I don't mean you should start madly packing clothes (but do remember your USA electrical adaptors! Power boards are not allowed)

I mean genealogically ready for the cruise!

There are eleven official Research Help Zone sessions scheduled for:
  • one on one or small group sessions with an expert
  • special interest groups (some will be be listed in advance others can be added on the cruise)
  • a few special interest topics
On this cruise there is a fantastic range of presenters (more details about each of them) There is a huge range of expertise here!

Chris Paton at the Research Help Zone 2nd Cruise

As well as the eleven official Research Help Zone sessions there are other opportunities to talk with the presenters (with their agreement) and also your fellow passengers.





I have had the pleasure of helping people with their brick wall problems for a number of Cruises and Expos now and it is great fun and there have been a number of happy dances performed!

One thing I have noticed though, is that a number of people are not getting the maximum benefit from their consultations. This is perhaps because they did not realise the Research Help Zone existed and did not come prepared.

They came and mentioned they have a problem but can't remember a date or who married whom, which is easy to do, particularly when you have a few generations with the same or similar names. 

This makes it very difficult to provide the appropriate answers that would work to explode that brick wall.

So how do you prepare for maximum success?




1. First work out what the problem is: perhaps a marriage you can't find, an ancestor that has disappeared, you can't pinpoint where they originated etc 

2. Determine what information you already have.

3. Determine what documentary evidence you have, a birth certificate, a marriage certificate etc but please, only bring copies of your original records.

4. Determine where you have already looked, what you found including negative findings.

5. Write down this information and put it together so that when you ask your question of the person at the Research help Zone you will  get the maximum benefit and hopefully we will be doing Genealogy Happy Dances with you!



Voyager 2014

Also remember we are going to a number of cities, cities where there are Archives, State Libraries and Family History Societies! Do you have research in these areas? Or a cemetery that you would like a photo of a headstone?

Have you thought about spending some time in those repositories during your shore time?

Do you know what you want to research there? Have you checked the catalogue?  Have you checked the opening hours? (remember opening hours can change at short notice!) Are you able to order ahead so it is ready for you on arrival to maximise your research time.

Do you have relatives or people researching your family at those locations who you could meet and share information?

So with 114 days to go, now is the time to start your Genealogical Cruise preparations!